Thursday, March 14, 2013

Poincaré Institute Postdoc in Math Ed at Tufts

[Ed note: this position has closed.  We're keeping it here for archival purposes.]

Tufts Department of Education is looking for a postdoctoral associate to work in the Poincaré Institute, a project led by Tufts University, in collaboration with TERC and nine school districts in New England. Funded by the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership Program, the Poincaré Institute seeks to transform and improve the teaching and learning of mathematics in middle school and the connections among the elementary, middle, and high school curricula. Key components of the program are:

  • Design and implementation of three graduate-level online courses for mathematics teachers in grades 5-9, focusing on the mathematics of functions and modeling. The highly interactive courses include both challenging mathematical content and pedagogical insights drawn from current research on mathematics learning and teaching;
  • Permanent school-based discussion forums where teachers plan, review and improve their lessons, drawing on the mathematical and pedagogical content of the courses and assisted by mentors from Tufts and TERC.
  • Research on the impact of the intervention in terms of improved knowledge and teaching methods of teachers and improved learning of their students.

Candidate Requirements
Candidates should have a Doctoral degree and may have worked as a full-time researcher in a Postdoctoral training position for no more than three years. A strong knowledge of Mathematics or Physics and a demonstrated record of research experience in mathematics and/or science education are required. Prior experience as a K-12 mathematics or science teacher is highly desirable.
  • Applications will be judged on the applicant's past research record and career trajectory in education research.
  • Non-US citizens are welcome to apply.

Fellowship Award
Competitive salary and benefits package in accordance to candidate’s experience, NSF guidelines, and Tufts University policy. The initial contract will be for one year renewable for two more. Expected starting date is September 1, 2013. No concurrent funding is allowed.

Application Materials
  1. Cover letter including (a) a statement of research goals and interests in mathematics education; (b) contact information; and (c) the names of three people who will send letters of recommendation.
  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Two examples of published scholarship pertinent to mathematics education.
  3. Three reference letters pertinent to mathematics education.

Materials are to be submitted electronically to, Project Manager, Poincaré Institute.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The Poincaré Institute Postdoctoral Associate Program is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, national origin, citizenship, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
Tufts University is an AA/EO employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.